A simple email asking for my crystal ball recommendations has opened up a whole new line of thought!
A friend gifted me a very witchy base for a crystal ball. I fell down a rabbit hole on the internet looking for a place to get one that didn’t feel like snake oil (Amazon) or like I was being ripped off (Etsy). What do you think of scrying? Are there any retailers you would recommend for a crystal ball?
Crystal Balls Are A Classic Magical Tool
I have no recommendations for a crystal ball but I am certain that someone on here will.
From the Palantir balls of Lord of the Rings to St Paul’s admonition not to look “through a glass darkly,” the practice of gazing into a crystal ball is ancient. It does not even need to be a crystal ball. Scrying is when you let yourself drift into a trance state, so as to pick up psychic cues and messages. The medium could be a bowl of water, the Moon or a flame.
If you’re super psychic, you don’t need any props, the second sight comes unbidden. John Dee, astrologer (and spy) to Queen Elizabeth 1, had a black obsidian “dark mirror.” Merlin carted around a crystal ball, although actually it was made of beryl. Popular culture has declared it the de rigeur accessory for everyone from the Witches of Oz to the crafty ladies in Charmed.
Mirrors Are Neptunian, Holding Reflections Long After The Person Has Moved On
Mirrors are also magic. Feng Shui bans mirrors you see yourself from the bed – because your wandering soul might get trapped in it. And how many fairy tales feature ghosts who only appear in the mirror? Some mirrors are haunted or at least, just off. You don’t like looking in them. They’re Neptunian, holding onto reflections long after the person or event has moved on.
Vampires can’t see their reflection because they’re already living in a limbic state between dimensions. It makes no sense they’d crave blood; modern vampires feed off E.M.F.s
But, back to the question. I fear that a lot of the “crystal” balls and even the obsidian ones available online are, as you deduced, not high quality. Then again, it is only an agent – a medium – you’re the one with the magic. And the most important attribute for scrying is not so much the tool but your consciousness. It works best on the Moon-Neptune Lunar Portal (marked on the Moon Calendar).
So, I am sure someone here can recommend a quality source. But have you considered copper? Look how beautiful this one is. And, as talked about in this post, with so much energy in Earth at the moment, metal is balancing. Copper, big in old Babylon, is also associated with Venus. This place seems authentic.
What does everyone else think?
Image: Jean-Louis Scherrer
Bottom Image: John William Waterhouse